I first met Vanessa at her sister Angela’s wedding a couple of years ago and I loved her immediately. She is bubbly, over the top, happy, and adorable.  When she emailed me about her own wedding I was thrilled!  Cody was best man for Angela & Jeff, so it was a pretty easy meeting – they both already knew what it’s like to work with me (ie how totally crazy….I mean artistically inspired….I can be).

Vanessa & Cody met through Angela & Jeff. One of my favourite jokes during the reception was that Jeff and Cody were such good friends that they even found a legal way to become brothers!

I want to say a special thank you to Vanessa’s parents Sett & Carla – it’s been such a pleasure to work with your family twice. You are both so full of love for those around you and it’s been wonderful to share your joy on your daughters’ wedding days.  Sett – your poem to Vanessa had me in tears. Carla – you made my day the second I walked through your door in the morning and said “Oh good, our favourite photographer is here!” I’m looking forward to many family shoots to come!

And to Vanessa & Cody….you made my job so easy.  Cody – I admire how dedicated you were to making sure your guests were happy and enjoying themselves on the wedding day and that everything ran on time.  And Vanessa – it’s been a blast. We were meant to be!

Ceremony: Knox Metropolitan Church
Reception: Royal Glenora Club
Hair: Revive Hair Salon
Makeup: Pretty Lady Makeup Artistry
Florist: Best Buds
Dress: Bridal Debut
Groom’s Suit: Derks
Decor: Elegant Earth Decor

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Congratulations to Angela & Ryan who are expecting their first child!

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Behind the scenes! Sam is an honourary bridesmaid (he even totally on purpose wore the wedding colour…), and Cody and I got up close and personal…

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I met Nadia and Ian at Nadine and Vijay’s wedding last summer, and Haley had photographed Nadia at Kathy & Jack’s wedding 2 years ago (they met at a birthday dinner for Kathy!). What a great couple! Their wedding ceremony was in the gorgeous All Saints Anglican Cathedral in downtown Edmonton. They and the bridal party joked around a lot during the portraits. Their best man was so courteous. He kept on checking to see if Melissa and I had everything that we needed all day. It was all around a great experience.

We went to the new Blvd Kitchen & Bar for photos between the ceremony and reception. It’s always fun to shoot somewhere new!

Congratulations Nadia and Ian!

– Michael

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Before I start this post I want to first extend our heartfelt condolences to Rupinder’s family and extended family on the recently loss of her grandmother. We had the pleasure of meeting her during the wedding festivities and know she will be very missed.

 

We have known Rupinder for years. Most of our early encounters with her were on the dance floor! She was always dancing at the weddings. She is absolutely stunning and so incredibly friendly and we hoped that one day we would be lucky enough to shoot her wedding. Rupinder is one of those girls that knows everyone, and those who know her love her.  She is truly kind-hearted and selfless.

We are absolutely honoured that we were able to be witnesses to the year of her celebrations with Jatinder. We haven’t gotten to spend quite as much time with him but he is a perfect match for Pins, the kind of guy who will do anything for anyone.  Throughout the wedding he wanted to be mindful of anything anyone else needed.  And he’s also a great partner for her on the dance floor!!

Rupinder has faced more than her fair share of tragedy, and I was particularly moved by the speech that she gave at her reception. In the face of adversity, including losing some very close family members, she commented that she was loved, and blessed. That despite the losses and challenges, she was surrounded by the love of her friends and family and especially Jatinder, and that made her feel lucky.  To have such a positive outlook on life is incredibly inspirational.  And I feel lucky that we are able to call these two wonderful people friends.

OK, on to the wedding! The week long celebration took place in Sherwood Park, Edmonton, and Calgary and even though we don’t shoot together anymore, both Michael and I got to both photograph portions of it!  I got to road trip to Calgary twice in one week =) Thanks to our second shooter Bruce for being there through it all.

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The custom mandap by Jewels and Rays in Rupinder’s home was like nothing that we had ever seen before. It made a perfect backdrop for the events in the home.

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An extra special behind the scenes – we had 5 past couples at this wedding (mostly the ladies!), and one that I’ll be shooting next summer!

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  1. Trisha Poitras posted the following on September 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm.

    Absolute perfection!!!!!! every moment is perfect!

  2. Parveen posted the following on September 10, 2014 at 10:23 am.

    Hi There,

    I came across your website, first and foremost, excellent photography. I would also like to comment on the Simplicity of this wedding, the bride looks absolutely stunning in her outfits, classy goes a long ways. Good Job bride and groom!!

    PS: Congrats to a lifetime of happiness :)


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Little Ellery was set to arrive at the beginning of September, but surprised her parents by coming at the end of June instead, 9 weeks early! Luckily, she is perfect. Healthy, happy, and already starting to develop a feisty little personality.  She gave me a run for my money during her newborn shoot, preferring to be sprawled out, or wide awake, but I used all of my tricks to get her to sleep for me. Welcome to the world little one!

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Details, details, details. Sarah was all about the details for her modern and whimsical wedding in August!  What I love about the details that Sarah & Matt chose for their wedding is that they were cute and fun but not cheesy.  Little touches made the day more fun for everyone, from unique wedding favours for their outdoor ceremony at Red Tail Landing (sunglasses!) to lawn games to entertain the guests at cocktail hour. Sarah & Matt left nothing out.

We spent the day taking photos around downtown and Whyte Ave, in the hustle and bustle of the Fringe. Some of the Fringe goers actually thought Sarah & Matt were an act, not a real wedding couple! They even got money for ‘busking’!

At the end of the wedding we spent a few quiet moments outside at the golf course and it was a great day to cap off a wonderfully sweet wedding.  It took Matt 3 tries to propose in Vegas, but thankfully only one to get married! Congrats Sarah & Matt!

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Behind the scenes! We even got photobombed by Sam’s girlfriend on Whyte Ave!

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Kristine is vibrant and determined, Sean is a little more quiet.  After many years together, their dream wedding came together at the Art Gallery of Alberta.  After two engagement sessions together I was really looking forward to photographing these two – they are easy going, and happy to follow my suggestions for where to go for photos (including traipsing through some super tall grass bustling with mosquitoes!).  Their small bridal party (just maid of honour Erin and best man Ian) were so fantastic, and we had a relaxed day.

Congratulations Kristine & Sean!

– Haley

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So…apparently Sean never actually proposed.  I have to say this was a first, witnessing a marriage proposal AFTER the wedding!

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There were some technical difficulties with the cake, the Art Gallery staff did an awesome job in helping make sure Kristine & Sean still had a beautiful cake to cut. Talk about going the extra mile!

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Big thanks to Bruce & Jesse for all their hard work!  Jesse proved some special talents by photographing while the maid of honour sat on him…and luckily Bruce knows how to pin boutonnieres!

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Short and sweet. That is how I would describe Aatifa. Kind and fun. That’s Irfaan. They make a wonderful couple. So easy-going, they weren’t a bit nervous on their wedding day. They know they are meant for each-other and they just went for the flow. It was great to see family and friends that we knew from other weddings. Congratulations Aatifa & Irfaan!

The Nikkah was in the gorgeous Edmonton Belle Rive Jamatkhana. The geometric architecture is stunning!

– Michael

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Irfaan’s pithi ceremony was a chance for his friends to dump an absolutely foul concoction on him as the women in the family begged them not to, extolling what a nice guy he is and that he doesn’t deserve it. Here are the ingredients. You can only imagine how it smelled in the hot community hall!

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Michael found a creative use for his earplugs at Irfaan’s pithi! Behind the scenes with Michael & Melissa:

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The Spadaforas celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past July!  The family arranged for an extended family portrait session at the Hotel MacDonald to commemorate this wonderful milestone.

– Michael

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Angelina & Tariq’s engagement session started as a beautiful evening in the river valley, then we were chased away by the mosquitoes to the top of a parking garage. There we found respite. And really, isn’t a parkade with high rises a perfect backdrop for this car and this couple? Angelina and Tariq are adorable and fun. I had a great time shooting them and can’t wait until their wedding next year.

– Michael

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I don’t think there were too many points of Deepti & Alex’s wedding day that one of them wasn’t laughing/smiling/giggling/joking.  These two are super laid back (my ideal couple!) and just wanted to have a blast at their wedding.

Deepti went through wedding planning not only long distance (they live in Vancouver) but also in the middle of school and exams so I have to give her credit for everything running so smoothly!  Both Deepti’s and Alex’s parents were so delightful. Alex’s family is from Bosnia, and it was wonderful to see these two families and cultures merge together.

– Haley

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Most of the ceremony was conducted with Alex & Deepti separated by a curtain. It was a bit of a challenge photographically (especially with so many people up on the mandap!) but it was really cool to watch their faces, and the anticipation, when they finally got a chance to see each other.

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Thankfully Sam has long arms and could fit us all in for a selfie!

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